Newport, Mich., Sept. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Fermi 2 Nuclear Power Plant will remain shut down and begin work on its planned refueling and maintenance outage earlier than originally planned. Operators shut down the plant late Sunday following the failure of a turbine cooling water system. The plant remained in a safe condition following the shutdown. The refueling and maintenance outage originally was scheduled to begin Sept. 28.
"Since we are already shut down, this enables us to more efficiently use the time and resources necessary to begin work we had already planned for the refueling and maintenance outage," said Vito Kaminskas, Fermi 2 site vice president.
A refuel and maintenance outage is performed every 18 months at Fermi 2. During the outage, plant personnel will replace about a third of the fuel in the reactor, in addition to completing thousands of maintenance and testing activities throughout the plant.
More than 1,500 supplemental workers are at Fermi 2 to support the large amount of work. Many of those workers are from the southeast Michigan area and some are from other areas of the country, generating significant economic support for the local economy, through the purchase of goods and services in the area. The net result is that DTE Energy invests millions of dollars into the Michigan economy with this activity.
Fermi 2, a 1,170-megawatt nuclear power plant, is owned and operated by DTE Energy Co. DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE) is a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Its operating units include an electric utility serving 2.1 million customers in Southeastern Michigan and a natural gas utility serving 1.2 million customers in Michigan. The DTE Energy portfolio also includes non-utility energy businesses focused on power and industrial projects, natural gas pipelines, gathering and storage, and energy marketing and trading. Information about DTE Energy is available at dteenergy.com, twitter.com/dte_energy and facebook.com/dteenergy.
SOURCE DTE Energy